It’s Saturday AGAIN? Sweet cheeses, May – slow down already!
For those of you who haven’t yet got the system down here on the weekend, this post is the “Big Reveal” to this week’s Friday Fiver , wherein I put up five “blind” tracks for your review.
If you missed playing this time, don’t worry…we do it every week.
Track 1: “Over You” by Jay Nash
“Plain White T’s?” Ohhhhh, pook. *tch, tch, tch*…I wouldn’t do that to you. Nothing plain about Jay Nash.
He gets points from me just because he’s from Upstate New York (like my Mom), but is a California boy now. From what I hear, his live shows are phenomenal, and by all accounts he’s a down to Earth, fan-appreciative kind of guy. Lil’ tidbit: he really did write this song in Paris after a painful breakup. I loved it before for the richness of his voice, the beautiful melody and the poignant lyrics; knowing it was all true just made it better. (Well, not for Jay, I suppose…but that’s genuine “pain into art” right there.)
Love him.This tune: thanks to the gals at Castrocopia for introducing me to Jay years ago. I have all his stuff. ———————————————————————-
Yes, that is actually Colin Farrell singing.
No, don’t even bother arguing – g’head and click the Soundtrack link up there and see for yourself. He’s credited.
I think he sounds great – and in reading some background, I discovered that he’s evidently tone deaf. That makes this song all the more impressive, dontcha think?This tune: well, of course I bought the Crazy Heart soundtrack…and there it was. 😉
Track 3: “Follow Me” by Axe Riverboy
So, “Axe Riverboy” is actually Xavier Boyer, (catch that anagram action?), frontman for Tahiti 80, a French indie band.
(Not French Canadian. Actually French. From France. Ooh, la la.)
This is Xavier’s solo project, and I came across this track on a free Amazon Sampler download. I get what everyone is saying about the vocals, but actually…I think it works if you consider this a pleasant song that one of your friends might play while you’re sitting around the living room/campfire/pool/beach – insert your favorite sitting and relaxing spot here – having a few and chilling. I’m not sure it’s meant to make a huge statement, y’know?
When taken in that context, I like it fine. And, it makes a great “filler” song on a mix CD. Just sayin’…
I’m just going to give you the first paragraph from their PR sheet, because I think it sums things up perfectly for this band:
“Oholics are a six-piece psychedelic rock band hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden. They formed in 2005, when they discussed the lack of real rock acts in Sweden. Since then the mission has been to create mind-blowing, beer-fueled rock tunes. The music is often described with reference to early Stones mixed with Pink Floyd, Primal Scream, Oasis, Strokes etc. London meets New York.”
Sounds pretty much like what you all described in your comments, huh? More proof that Music Savvy Mom readers have keen musical ears and are right on the money. Seriously, Abba these dudes are not. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Abba, but I don’t think you could ever describe “Fernando” as a “beer fueled rock tune.”)
And, I agree with the prevailing opinion here – I like them, too.This tune: sent over by the lovely folks at Oholic’s PR firm, gratis. ——————————————————————————————
Track 5: “Butterfly House” by The Coral
Evidently these dudes were British wunderkind – forming back in 1996 when they were barely past puberty, then hitting it “big” about five years later. Per their website bio:
For four amazing years, The Coral had re-shaped British music with their thrilling mix of rock, country, psychedelia, folk and the odd sea shanty breakdown or cossack wig out. Without ever really looking like they wanted to, they’d wowed the critics, conquered the charts, bagged the Brits and Mercury nominations, toured the world and influenced many an aspiring band (not least the Arctic Monkeys).
Then there was a lull…near breakup…and now they’re back. Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is a big fan – matter of fact, this CD was recorded in his barn. Since I’m enamored of strings and minor keys, I dig them, too. (Seriously – who’s gonna argue with Noel Gallagher? He’s the not drunk one, remember. )This tune: I saw another PR buddy tweet about the free download of this track on their website (which is still available, btw). Since I am powerless to resist free music, I went – I listened – I downloaded.